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ASG Tushar Mehta to appear in defamation case filed by Amit Shah's son

Piyush Goyal insisted that the purpose of the story was to defame the BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Amit Shah's son, Jay Shah, Amit Shah
Wedding reception of BJP President Amit Shah's son Jay and Rishita (File Photo)

Additional Solicitor General will represent Jay Amit Shah, son of chief Amit Shah, in the criminal defamation case he has filed against news portal 'The Wire' over its story that claimed his company's turnover saw a huge rise after the came to power at the Centre in 2014.

Union minister Piyush Goyal said Mehta had sought Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's permission to appear for Jay and the approval was granted.

Goyal insisted that the purpose of the story was to defame the and its by making derogatory and defamatory imputations.

Asked about the Congress' attack on the over the claim that the was in the know of the entire episode as the ASG was given permission even before the story appeared, Goyal said they were aware of the matter as the news portal had sent Jay a questionnaire.

"We believe that he (Jay) has been wronged and he must get justice. There is no harm if the best of lawyers appear for him. An ASG can appear in a matter between two private parties after taking permission," he told reporters.

Jay today filed a criminal defamation case in a metropolitan court in Gujarat against seven people including the report's author, and the editor and owner of the news portal.

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 20:15 IST